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Winter Generator Usage: Home and Business Owners Need to Keep Safety in Mind

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 18, 2017
South Shore Generator Generac 6237 portable generator

Generators are critical during severe weather events, when the power can go out, as well as bringing power to remote job sites and in disaster recovery and emergencies. As we move into the upcoming "snow season", a time when electricity can go out due to snow and ice, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home and business owners to keep safety in mind when using generators.

Not having power when you need it is frustrating, so a generator can provide emergency backup power at a reasonable cost. But, it’s important to follow all manufacturers’ instructions when using one. For instance, never place a generator in your garage or in your home. The generator should be a safe distance from your home and not near an air intake.

More tips include:

Take stock of your generator. Make sure equipment is in good working order before you start using it.

Follow all manufacturers’ instructions. Review the owner's manuals for your equipment if possible (you can look manuals up online if you cannot find them) so you can operate your equipment safely.

Have the right fuel on hand. Use the type of fuel recommended by your generator manufacturer. It is illegal to use any fuel with more than 10% ethanol in outdoor power equipment (for more information on proper fueling for outdoor power equipment visit If you are using fuel that has been sitting in a gas can for more than 30 days and you cannot get fresh fuel, add fuel stabilizer to it. Store gas only in an approved container and away from heat sources.

Ensure portable generators have plenty of ventilation. Generators should NEVER be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home or garage, even if the windows or doors are open. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Keep the generator dry. Do not use it in wet conditions. You can cover and vent your generator. You can buy model-specific tents online or generator covers at home centers and hardware stores.

Only add fuel to a cool generator. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.

Plug in safely. If you don't yet have a transfer switch, you can use the outlets on the generator. It's best to plug in appliances directly to the generator. If you must use an extension cord, it should be heavy-duty and designed for outdoor use. It should be rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. Make sure the cord is free of cuts. The plug should have all three prongs.

Install a transfer switch. A transfer switch connects the generator to your circuit panel and lets you power hardwired appliances. Most transfer switches also help you avoid overload by displaying wattage usage levels.

Do not use the generator to "backfeed" power into your home electrical system. Trying to power your home's electrical wiring by "backfeeding" – where you plug the generator into a wall outlet – is reckless and dangerous. You could hurt utility workers and neighbors served by the same transformer. Backfeeding bypasses built-in circuit protection devices, so you could damage your electronics or start an electrical fire.

Install a battery operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or business. This alarm will sound if any carbon monoxide comes into the building and alert you.

For more information on industrial or residential generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham.


Choosing the Best Portable Generators for Boats – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 09, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler Portable Marine Generator

When choosing the best portable generators for boats you should take into consideration a number of things, including: the fuel type, portability, whisper-quiet operation, startup methods, fuel tank capacity, runtime at half load, and low-oil shutoff among other features. Before you explore the various capabilities of the best cruising portable generators, you want to lay out how you are going to use your portable generator onboard.

Using Portable Generator Onboard

These portable generators have the ability of providing genuinely practical power to make your boating experience a considerable step up from a wilderness camping experience.

You do not have to heat up your entire cabin with a propane stove to make breakfast when you can use an electric toaster, frying pan, as well as coffee maker from home and run them with a portable generator. In addition, the best portable generators can help you to keep your food and beverages cool without having to make port every now and then to restock your ice supply.

Features of the Best Portable Generators for Boats You Should Look For

You should look for energy efficient portable generators that provide power for your cruising requirements. The best choices should consist of compact gas powered portable generators. The gen-sets should feature engine designs with exceptional specs, including: an effective engine displacement, and a convenient horsepower. Furthermore, the engine should conveniently be air-cooled OHV. The generator you select should be able to power a few of your appliances at once, such as a TV set, coffee maker, and a toaster. The best portable generators for cruising should have a convenient number of power receptacles.

The best portable generators for boats need to provide relatively whisper-quiet operation, and the unit (s) should be lightweight as well as portable. The starting wattage and running wattage of the generator you settle for your boating activities need to be sufficient, and capable of meeting your power requirements, both at startup and continuous operation. The generator (s) needs to have long lasting frame, low-oil shutoff and overload protection. Low-oil shut down and overload protection will ensure that your generator engine is protected against frying up when it runs out of oil, and in the event that there is an overload.

Additional Features to Consider

It is necessary that you choose a portable generator that has a fuel gauge to help you monitor the fuel level at a glance. This will ensure that your lights never go off at night while cruising, since you will know when exactly to refuel. It is advisable to engage models that have multi-purpose control panel, including outlets for powering your boating activities.

The outlets should be made of rubber outlet covers in addition to circuit breaker protection, along with quick reset buttons. Ultimately, generators for boats need to feature easy transportation as well as effortless startup. The fuel tank capacity needs to be sufficient enough, in order for the generator to operate for a considerable number of hours in a single fill.


Having one of the best portable generators onboard will not only guarantee you the availability of power, but also provide your family with the means of using low power appliances. In short, these portable generators are not going to allow you to turn your boat into a floating palace with icemakers and air conditioning, but they do provide a new dimension of comfort to voyaging in a small boat.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham.


Preparing Your Home for Snowstorms – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 13, 2017
South Shore Generator -  Generac 22,000 Watt Air Cooled Standby Generator

The tradition continues, February in Massachusetts is snowy! Sudden severe winter weather can leave you scrambling for the tools and necessities to keep your family and your home safe during a winter snowstorm. Advance preparation and stocking up on necessities ahead of the storm saves you from costly home damage and keeps loved ones out of harm’s way.

Here are three simple ways to prepare for the snow:

  1. Prepare for freezing temperatures. Prevent pipes from bursting when the winter storm comes by insulating them before the temperature drops. Wall pipe insulation helps keep heat in while maximizing energy savings. For extreme temperatures, use electric water pipe heating cables to prevent frozen pipes and to help thaw out frozen pipes. Additionally, make sure your home is properly insulated ahead of the cold front to ensure that heat stays in and the cold stays out.
  2. Power up for snow removal. Make sure you are prepared with the essentials to get outdoors before the storm hits. If the snow is deep enough, it is possible to get your car stuck in the driveway. Before doing any work clearing the snow, be sure to stretch and warm up your body to avoid injury. Clear a path to the road before attempting to move your car. Keep both a wide plastic shovel and a metal shovel handy to clear driveways and walkways. Use the plastic shovel first, as it is less likely to catch on the pavement, to push the snow from the center of the driveway to the outer edges. Then use the metal shovel to scoop the remaining snow out of the driveway. Take frequent breaks to prevent overexertion or serious injury. For heavy snowfall, use a snow blower to quickly and effectively clear large areas.
    Clear off your car with a good-quality snow brush to prevent any damage to the vehicle’s paint. Start at the top by brushing off the roof, then move down to the windows, hood and trunk. Clean the front and rear lights last. Scrape away any ice from your vehicle with a short-handled ice scraper. Work the blade under the ice sheet to scrape the glass, not the ice.
  3. Stock up severe weather essentials. If you live in an area that frequently loses power, keep a standby generator handy. The Generac 22,000 Watt Air Cooled Standby Generator provides whole house coverage for many homes and is designed to handle extended run times and extreme conditions. Always be sure to run generators outside and connect your equipment using extension cords that are grounded, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Also be sure to stock up on essentials such as flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, first-aid kits, nonperishable foods, bottled water and any necessary medications.

For more information on generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham.


Portable Generators: Survival Tips for When the Power Goes Out – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Power lines and major utilities are extremely vulnerable to hurricane and heavy wind damage. In fact, every year land falling hurricanes run the risk of leaving up to millions of people without power for extended lengths of time. Some of the worst storms, like Hurricane Sandy, have eliminated access to power in certain areas from hours up to weeks.

Outages are widespread, inconvenient, and can yield a costly impact on your home. Imagine the appliances that construct the backbone of your home: furnace, air conditioning, water pumps, water heater, refrigerator, oven – all unavailable for use. For how long is uncertain, but what is certain is you will fend for extended periods of time without access to these conveniences. Are you prepared?

Did you know? 

  • 47% of power loss in America is due to strong storms
  • The average cost of a single power outage occurrence to a homeowner is $1,058 per home
  • 7 of 10 homes with home standby power choose Generac

Generac knows power. Being the #1 selling brand of home standby power in the industry, Generac consistently innovates to provide the best solutions in emergency backup power for storm outages. Generac’s robust product line provides durable solutions to procuring power when the utilities cannot. In fact, Generac’s products often support major utility power locations, data centers, and even cell towers during storm power outages.

With so many businesses and households trusting in Generac’s expertise, rest easy knowing you can too!

So, you’ve decided to stay and ride out the storm. Your home is prepared to brace the unexpected. Your loved ones are safe and ready to hunker down. The heavy rains are pouring and fierce winds are tearing through your neighborhood. Then the power goes out. How do you plan to make the best of what could be a strenuous situation?

Anticipating No Power

There is something primitive to living through a power outage. No power means slowing life down by living in candlelight, self-entertaining, and having no access to modern conveniences like air conditioning, television or internet. Here are tips on withstanding no power.

Survival Tip #1 – Conservation:

It’s hot and muggy. There is no power or air conditioning. Yet the refrigerator and freezer are full of food that you don’t want to spoil. What do you do?

Keep It Closed. A refrigerator will stay cold for up to 4 hours without power; a freezer will last up to 48 hours. Keep the door closed, and let the unit insulate itself.

Keep It Cool. Consider putting dry ice or a block of ice within a refrigerator or freezer to extend the cold. Put only essentials into an accessible cooler with ice and use before the ice melts.

Keep It Simple. Meals should be kept simple. Keep in mind that cooking by candlelight will be a necessity. Plan some easy-to-make meals ahead of time and make sure you have the tools to prepare them.

Survival Tip #2 – Plan Entertainment:

Having no power means having more downtime. Staying occupied will keep everyone calm. Though your family may feel exasperated, you will have the answers:

  • Read a new book or magazine
  • Make your own word games
  • Buff up on your card game skills
  • Take up a new craft
  • Go living room camping
  • Start a new workout plan

Survival Tip #3 – Communication:

We all want to communicate with our loved ones during an emergency. But what happens when cell networks are down and battery power is limited? Remember to ration your resources.

Unplug. Remember to unplug major appliances and electronics prior to the power going out. It could save you a headache of repairs on devices affected by electrical surges.

Power Down. Limit phone usage to calls only. Turn off WiFi or set phone to airplane mode to extend usage. Power down your phone to maximize battery life.

Emergencies Only. Make calls only in emergencies and avoid tying up phone lines for emergency responders.

Survival Tip #4 – Safety:

Know these portable power safety tips before bringing one to your home.

  • Run all portable generators outside, in well-ventilated areas.
  • When running, keep portables away from open windows and open garages.
  • Keep a carbon monoxide detector in your home. It will alert you to any emissions that may creep their way into your home.
  • Have extra gas on hand.

Bonus Tip: An average generator can last about 9 to 11 hours at 50% load on a tank approximately 7½ gallon in size. Product ratings will vary with product models and load requirements. Just know to stock up and have extra gas on hand.

For more information on portable residential generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham.


2016 Hurricane Predictions – Have a Plan and Be Prepared with Back-Up Power Generators – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 16, 2016

According to the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the current El Niño is dissipating and forecasts favor a 70% likelihood that La Niña – which favors hurricane activity – will peak in August through October. Of the 10 to 16 named storms this year, the NOAA predicts 4 to 8 of these storms could become a hurricane.

“While seasonal forecasts may vary from year to year – some high, some low – it only takes one storm to significantly disrupt your life,” stated FEMA Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich. Preparing for the worst can keep you, your family, and first responders out of harm’s way.”

Create A Disaster Recovery Plan - Sometimes you have to plan for more than yourself. Develop a communication and logistics plan that includes pets and loved ones. In the event of severe weather, you can easily coordinate secure meeting points, identify safe rooms in your home, and organize an alternative, temporary residence.

Prepare Your ‘To Do’ List - Plan now for later. In the thick of chaos, it is hard to remember everything that needs to get done. Create your checklist in advance, and keep it handy.

Survival Packs - Remember access to food, running water and power will be limited-to-none after a hurricane. Think through the impact this will have on you and your family, and stock up on the essentials.

Emergency News - In case the power goes out, plan the resources you will need ahead of time to get your emergency news updates. Keep an emergency contact list and have a battery operated radio on hand. Know best escape routes in your area and prepare a contact list of neighbors with medical training. It may come in handy.

Don’t Wait - If an evacuation order has been issued, don’t wait until it’s too late. Always be open to the fact you might have to leave. Know where the nearest safety shelter is located, and give yourself time to travel (24 to 36 hours). Be off the highway when the storm strikes.

Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham for information on back-up generators to prevent power loss during Hurricane Season.



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